Remember that one? - lost LGBTQ+ venues
This latest project started with the idea that I could make a print of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, since I have been taking part in the Queer Fayre at the RVT for quite a few years and started selling my cards and prints there, as well as going to other events at the RVT quite regularly. It is also an interesting building, so I made the lino cut. It was very popular at the next fayre and I offered the image to the ‘RVT future’ campaign to use if they wanted to.
Over the next few months several people suggested I should also do some other lgbtq+ pubs and clubs, especially ones that were threatened with closure or have been closed.
I am really happy that it is turning into a sort of community history project, with people remembering and suggesting more and more venues that I could make prints of. I want to focus especially on venues and spaces that have fallen victim to rising property prices, ‘regeneration’ and gentrification, pushing our communities out of the cities, and further to the margins.
If you would like to join in with the project, you could write a few sentences about a venue that YOU remember, maybe what you liked about it, an anecdote, etc. on the paper under the pictures. I am planning to do something more with the images, and I might also include people’s contributions, so please put your name, if you don’t mind.
I hope you enjoy looking at the prints and maybe remembering good nights out.
About me and print making
After learning how to do lino cuts at school, I went back to printing on and off over the years, but really re-discovered it for myself a few years ago making a lino cut from an image taken from a friend’s holiday snap of children sitting on the beach. Since then I have been doing commissioned cuts from other photographs, as well as many of my own prints from images I collect when I am out and about.